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How to Share Good Bacteria with Your Friends

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It was the summer of 2003. A friend came into my kitchen and asked what was on my counters. I excitedly told her about my beloved cultures and I watched her face change expressions. “These jars have been brewing for days on your counters?” she said. I got that sick feeling in my stomach that she was going to say something I didn’t like and I wanted to run from the room. But instead, I stood there and took it. She disapproved and tried to be nice, but basically she was telling me I was looney to have food spoiling on my counter. I tried to explain that it contains billions of probiotics and it’s not spoiling, but culturing. If she could only understand how these foods made me well . . . but she’d already made up her mind and was not listening. She thought I was crazy.

It takes one individual to make a change

Throughout history, it usually takes one individual to make a change. It begins with their own life, and at first people think they’re crazy. Then slowly, if they stand firm and live what they believe, others begin to follow. I have found this to be true. Here is something else I have learned, rather reluctantly. I don’t force my beliefs or discoveries on anybody unless they really want to know. When I would see people sick I would want to help them; but if they weren’t ready, they couldn’t hear me or understand what I was saying. So I waited until they asked for my help

As you change yourself you send out a signal to others and they see the change and want it, too. If you don’t know of another soul who makes and eats cultured foods in your circle of friends, then you be the first. Buy them or make them, and come hang out with me online for encouragement and then watch as you begin to change your life and the lives around you. It’s inevitable. No matter how much my family and friends resisted, one by one they all succumbed, just by me doing it myself and well . . . ok, I did sneak cultured foods into their food without them knowing sometimes, but resistance was futile.

They had a cloud of bacteria

You change every room you walk into with your good bacteria, and it happens within minutes. Researchers from the Home Micobiome project took seven families (18 people, three dogs and one cat) and moved them into new homes across the United states. Quite rapidly the homes were changed to the bacteria they brought with them, just by their very presence. The people were ethnically diverse, and not all of them were genetically related. They had a cloud of bacteria with them that followed them into the home. In this study, when someone left the house for a few days, researchers could discern that person’s absence in the microbial aura. They could actually tell when people were coming and going in and out of the house. They found a pathogen called Enterobacter that was transferred to the kitchen counter from one person’s hands and then picked up by another person’s hands; but no one got sick, because they had enough good bacteria in their bodies to keep them well.

Your body can be one of the greatest sources of joy

In my own quiet way, I believe that the power of my 100 trillion bacteria spreads the presence of good bacteria everywhere I go. I was on a plane not too long ago and a baby was throwing up. I offered to hold the baby so the mom could clean herself up. As I was exiting the plane, the stewards thanked me for helping and said, “I hope you don’t get sick from this.” I smiled and said, “I’m not afraid of the flu, the flu should be afraid of me!” I’m sure they had no idea what I meant, but my bacteria and I are a powerful combo. Most people are unaware of how the body is actually designed and that they are 99% microbial. I was shocked at how good my body could actually feel and this is why I keep eating cultured foods. I’m never going back to years of colds, flus, sickness, and disease. Did you know your body can be one of the greatest sources of joy in your life? It’s my very best friend and home here on planet earth.

Serotonin is made in your gut

You can’t hang out with me for very long without learning about your microbiome.  Look at it this way, good is stronger than evil and this goes for your bacteria too. The more healthy strains of good bacteria you have, the more you change the world for the better – and the better you feel. People who feel good are happy, have more compassion for others, have better attitudes, and naturally lift up others. Serotonin is made in your gut, and guess what helps make these feel-good chemicals in your gut? Yep, bacteria does this as you go about your day!

So, the next time you walk into a room or shake someone’s hand, remember that you’re not quite alone – nor would you want to be without your bacteria friends. Your bacteria footprint goes with you everywhere and changes the environment, too. But are you feeding your bacteria the things they need to be healthy? Do you want to know where I started? I started here.

 Making Kefir with Easy Kefir — Click here for the recipe

 

11 Responses to "How to Share Good Bacteria with Your Friends"
  1. Hi Donna,
    I just want to let you know that you and your cultured food are an answer to my prayers. I had never heard of this before but I know there had to be a way to get more benefit out of the foods we eat. Thank you for caring enough to share!
    God Bless you!

  2. I was just introduced to your website and the miracle of Kefir earlier this very week by a dear friend. I’ve suffered some pretty bad health the last couple of years…last year alone, I had walking pneumonia five times! I’ve been on so many antibiotics over the course of the last two years, and I’m hoping that this introduction to probiotics is going to help make the changes I need to become healthy again. Thank you for all the clear demonstrations and explanations you provide! I have been watching your videos, and I was wondering where you find so many wonderful jars? I absolutely love the jars with the hinged lids and rubber seals, but have a horrible time finding them in my area…and they seem to be amazing for all things Kefir. I haven’t found most of them on your site, so I was wondering if there is a specific site you purchase them from?

  3. Do you sell the actual kefir grains? Not powder or dehydrated, but the actual grains? I’m looking everywhere on your site but don’t see the fresh grains.

  4. I make my kefir from the powder (and often use the last cup of it to culture the next batch… just add milk and pop it into my ‘easiyo’ maker for 24 hours). Usually have it for breakfast as a smoothie with berries, banana, chia seeds and sometimes pop in an egg for some extra protein. Keeps me going for hours.

    Maybe when I get my partner hooked on cultured foods I’ll get going with the grains. Still want to make some kombucha at home too.

  5. So interesting! I keep reading that fermented cabbage has by far the highest concentration of beneficial bacteria. So I keep eating it, twice a day. Love this blog!

  6. So true! I was at a park with my children last spring and met a friend whom I hadn’t seen in months. She had dabbled in kefir and kombucha but gave it up because it was too hard, didn’t work right away, and she couldn’t convert her kids from their sugar diet. She was astounded at how good I looked. She thought I had lost weight. I hadn’t. But she quickly asked if the difference she was seeing was the cultured foods. I just smiled. Well, she’s back at it and slowly converting her family to a healthier diet, as are two of my other friends. Just living the life and letting others see the positive changes in me and my family has been a powerful witness.

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